2019 Montgomery County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 21, 2020

I. Executive Summary

In 2019, the Cooperative Extension Staff of the Montgomery County Center was proud to serve the citizens of Montgomery County. In order to meet the needs of Montgomery County Citizens, Extension Agents had 11,511 face to face contacts which included 616 hours of workshops, seminars, and hands-on demonstrations with 5,065 registered participants. Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Staff also made 184,187 contacts through telephone, email, Facebook, Newsletters, and other non-face to face methods providing educational information and resources.

661 volunteers worked with Extension Agents to expand Extension programming efforts by contributing 4,521 hours of service; a value of over $114,969. In addition to this number, $39,570 were collected through donations, fundraisers, grants, and user fees to help expand programming and opportunities for Montgomery County Citizens.

2,262 youth were involved in at least 6 hours of 4-H activities this year. 140 youth were registered members of a club and attended regular meetings. 441 youth were registered as "at large" members and participated in special educational programs offered by Extension agents throughout the year. 26 youth attended overnight camp and 65 participated in a week-long day camp experience at Millstone 4-H Camp. Youth activities both inside and outside of schools contribute significantly to school achievement and overall development through the programs we offer to youth. 2,765 youth participated in school enrichment activities offered by Extension and 216 children participated in after-school programming offered by Extension. 15 youth strengthened their research and reasoning skills by participating in County, District, and/or State level presentation competitions bringing home gold, silver, and bronze State Medals. 23 high school students spent the year developing leadership skills, learning about local and state government, and participating in community service activities. 4-H teens also had the opportunity to participate in many activities inside and outside the county including, NC 4-H Congress, NC Youth Summit, NC Citizenship Focus, Teen Retreat, and National 4-H Congress.

Family and Consumer Sciences programming addressed healthy eating, physical activity, chronic disease risk reduction, parenting, food safety, and financial literacy. Programs included: The Speedway to Healthy Curriculum and exhibit for all after-school programs, work-site Wellness/Healthy Eating Made Simple workshops, Healthy Pressure Cooking classes, Cooking with Fresh Produce, NC Safe Plates Food Manager Certification Course, Food Preservation Workshops, an Empowering Youth and Families parenting education program and an “Adulting 101” program for teens. NCA&T’s Try Healthy program provided a 6-week nutrition program to all NC Pre-K students in the county, and NCSU’s Steps To Health program included an eight-week nutrition program at Star Elementary.

Montgomery County Cooperative Extension partnered with the Montgomery County After School Program to provide the Dirty Hands, Healthy Hearts Program. This was a 6-week program in which 240 children, at 5 different after-school programs, engaged in nutrition, gardening, and physical activity lessons. To encourage behavior change, participants were given healthy snacks, plants to care for and take home at the end of the program, and other educational extenders including jump ropes, water bottles, and chop-chop magazines. To encourage additional physical activity outside of the program, the youth were each given a pedometer and challenged to record their exercises each week. Anyone who turned in their exercise log was entered into a drawing for one of four Fitbits. Teaching the horticulture component allowed the Horticulture Agent to interact with children that a majority had no background in growing plants or looking after plants. Therefore, the basics of photosynthesis, soils, plant germination, seeds, and pollination were taught along with growing lettuce plants in outside raised beds. An initial and final evaluation was conducted to determine how much the children had learned and the results showed that 90% increased their knowledge and 100% enjoyed being a part of the program.

Agricultural programs conducted in Montgomery County included regular educational and informational sessions for the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association, Cattlemen’s Association, Master Gardeners, and Peach Growers Association. Extension taught a tomato grafting workshop, Tomato 101, Season Extension workshop on High and Low tunnel use, Photosynthesis for middle grades, Basic Gardening classes for both adults and youth, Forestry Teleconferences, Pesticide, and Waste Applicator trainings, Field Days, Farm Tours, Environmental and Agricultural Awareness days for middle schoolers who learned how farmers take care of the environment by using sustainable farming practices to conserve natural resources and lessen the effects of erosion. This program increased awareness and understanding by connecting children and teachers to agriculture in a positive, hands-on way. April through October at the Farmer’s Market, weekly programs focused on cooking/tasting demonstrations, sweet corn, and sweet potato variety tasting and demos, pressure canning safety/dial testing, and planting container gardens.

The Livestock show was a success again this year. Children that compete in Livestock Shows learn a variety of employability and entrepreneurship skills. They motivate themselves and those around them to succeed. Livestock Showmen become contributing members of society, active leaders in their communities and grow into adults that instill all of these characteristics into the next generation. There were 165 animals registered between 91 showmen with over 250 spectators.

II. County Background

Montgomery County is a small, rural county in central North Carolina. According to the latest census, the population is approximately 27,820 with 63.9% white, 19.2% black, 1.6% Asian, American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8% and 14.5% Hispanic or Latino. Located at the geographic center of North Carolina, Montgomery County offers businesses unrivaled access to the region, the state, and the eastern United States. A vast transportation network, available buildings and land, a prime location, countless outdoor recreation opportunities, and small town quality of life are just a few of the reasons businesses and employees succeed here. Our location makes Montgomery County a beautiful place to live and do business. We are close to everything, yet we are still able to maintain the small town values that make us who we are.

Montgomery County Cooperative Extension conducted an extensive environmental scan utilizing surveys, focus groups, one-on-one interviews and advisory committee meetings. The Advisory Leadership Council then prioritized the needs of the county citizens and selected to continue to address the following objectives:

*Family and Consumer Sciences
*Plant Production Systems
*Consumer Horticulture
*Animal Production Systems
*Community Development
*4-H Youth Development
*Food Safety and Nutrition

Montgomery County Cooperative Extension staff will design, implement and evaluate educational programming in the identified areas to bring about positive change for the citizens of Montgomery County.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Value* Outcome Description
48Number of adults increasing knowledge of life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
77Number of adults increasing their knowledge of community resources
18Number of adults and professionals increasing their knowledge of human development over the life course and emerging best practices in parenting and caregiving
37Number of parents and other caregivers of children increasing their knowledge of positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
94Number of people gaining basic financial management knowledge and/or skills (such as; budgeting, record keeping, goal setting, writing goals, consumer decision-making)
70Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills in managing financial products and financial identity (such as; credit, debt management, identify theft, credit reports and scores, scams, banking skills)
54Number of people gaining knowledge and/or skills to increase family economic security (such as; how to access: SNAP benefits, SHIIP Medicare Part D; food cost management, cost comparison skills, shop for reverse mortgages, select long term care insurance, etc.)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
25Number of adults using effective life skills (such as goal setting, stress management, self-care and healthy relationships)
5Number of parents/other caregivers of children adopting positive parenting practices (such as communication and discipline)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Our animal production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
26Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
82Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
279Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
56Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
156Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
116Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
300Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
9Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
9Number of animal waste management credits earned through Extension programs
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
75Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
56Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
243Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
607Number of participants who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

Value* Outcome Description
14Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
542Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
316Total number of female participants in STEM program
22Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
630Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
269Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
55Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
28Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
14Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
55Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
55Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
623Number of youth using effective life skills
28Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
165Number of youth increasing their physical activity
9Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
2Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles beyond Extension, including community boards and task forces
55Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
165Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Our consumer horticulture programs teach families and communities about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

Value* Outcome Description
49Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
35Number of food handlers who increase their knowledge and skills in safe food handling practices
482Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
365Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
74Number of participants increasing their physical activity
12650Number of pounds of local food donated for consumption by vulnerable populations
242Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 11,870
Non face-to-face** 305,877
Total by Extension staff in 2019 317,747
* Face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make directly with individuals through one-on-one visits, meetings, and other activities where staff members work directly with individuals.
** Non face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make indirectly with individuals by telephone, email, newsletters, news articles, radio, television, and other means.

V. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $15,600.00
Gifts/Donations $12,460.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $6,250.00
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $5,260.00
Total $39,570.00

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H 450 3500 4900 $ 89,005.00
Advisory Leadership System 39 124 1412 $ 3,153.00
Extension Master Gardener 9 40 40 $ 1,017.00
Other: Administrative 32 260 32 $ 6,612.00
Other: Agriculture 27 162 450 $ 4,120.00
Other: Community, Family & Individual Development 30 97 394 $ 2,467.00
Other: Food & Nutrition 74 338 588 $ 8,595.00
Total: 661 4521 7816 $ 114,969.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Montgomery Advisory Leadership Council
Janno Lewis
Debbi Musika
Bruce Thompson
Lane Poole
Lowell Russell
Cindy Taylor
Don Thompson
Kayla Shomaker
Archie Smith
Myra Taylor
Gary Dunn
Jeremy Martin
Charles Lucas
Shirley Harris
David Clark
Family and Youth Program Committee
Sarah Alexi
Alisa Beard
Jessica Blake
Millie Bruton
Kimberly Burger
Courtney Chavis
Hope Davis
Brett Fisher
Jessie Fisher
Amy Frieary
Shirley Harris
Sequoia Hill
Diana Sanchez
Daniel Shuskey
Chanda Stokes
Cindy Taylor
Theresa Thomas
Kristen Cook
Demond Hairston
Montgomery County Agriculture Advisory Board
Benny Hampton
Archie Smith
Boon Chesson
Jeremy Haywood
Jimmie Byrd
Ray Allen
Bruce Thompson
Andrew Gahagan, Ex Officio-County Planner
Joseph Huntley, Ex Officio-Soil and Water
Bee Keepers Board
Molly Kinney
Bill Tingen
Ron Kinney
Patty Tingen
Buck Lewis
Janno Lewis
Nancy Rupert
Cattleman Board
Archie Smith
Eddie Maness
Danny & Sondra McRae
Tommy Steele
Jeff Maness
Gene & Charlon McNeill
Terry Freeman
Sue Freeman
Donald Bulla
Jack Callicutt Jr.
Jim Chandler
Jeremy Haywood
Franklin Byrd
Horticulture Advisory Committee
David Clark
Meng Kong
Charles Lucas
Gary Dunn
Jennifer Hare
Rich Persin
Christy Adams

VIII. Staff Membership

Chrissy Haynes
Title: County Extension Director
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: chrissy_haynes@ncsu.edu

Jenny Carleo
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Grain Crops
Phone: (704) 873-0507
Email: jscarleo@ncsu.edu

Candice Christian
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9148
Email: cadescha@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: The overall goal of the Area Specialized Agents (ASAs) in Consumer & Retail Food Safety is to provide North Carolinians with technical food safety information and to support Family and Consumer Sciences agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders.

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

Kim Gibson
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: kim_gibson@ncsu.edu

Richard Goforth
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (910) 893-7530
Email: richard_goforth@ncsu.edu

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

Stacey Jones
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Nursery and Greenhouse
Phone: (704) 920-3310
Email: stacey_jones@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with commercial greenhouses and nurseries to help them with growing related issues. These issues range from pests (insect, disease, and weeds), substrates, nutrition, and other miscellaneous topics.

Peggie Lewis Joyce
Title: Area 4-H Agent - Central Region
Phone: (336) 242-2080
Email: peggie_lewis@ncsu.edu

Kaitlyn Lamaster
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: kaitlyn_lamaster@ncsu.edu

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry in eastern North Carolina.

Deborah Malarz
Title: Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: deborah_malarz@ncsu.edu

Rhonda Peters
Title: Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: rtpeters@ncat.edu

Ashley Robbins
Title: Area Specialized Agent - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8203
Email: ashley_robbins@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marti Day and I are the Area Specialized Dairy Agents - the county-based arm of the Cooperative Extension Dairy Team. We are out here in the counties to help you set and reach your farm, family and business goals. We have collaborative expertise in the areas of Waste Management, Udder Health, Cow Comfort, Nutrition and Forage Management with specialties in (Ashley)Reproduction, Records Management, Animal Health and (Marti)Alternative Markets, Organic Dairy, Grazing Management, and On-farm Processing. We hope to provide comprehensive educational programs for our farmers, consumers and youth for every county across the state. We are here for you by phone, email or text and look forward to working with you!

Elena Rogers
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC
Phone: (828) 352-2519
Email: elena_rogers@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide educational programs, training and technical support focusing on fresh produce safety to Agents and growers in Western NC.

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

Jamie Warner
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Forestry
Phone: (910) 576-6011
Email: jamie_warner@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Beef Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Horses, 4-H Livestock, Forages, Forestry, Voluntary Agriculture Districts, Local Foods

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 414-3873
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

IX. Contact Information

Montgomery County Center
203 W Main St
Troy, NC 27371

Phone: (910) 576-6011
Fax: (910) 576-2635
URL: http://montgomery.ces.ncsu.edu